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    Game Day Essentials: Game #18 vs Minnesota


    hhcmatt
    • Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-8) vs Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-10)



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      Current GATA CHAMP Shavon Shields starting his 100th game for the Huskers

       

      Date: Tuesday, Jan 12th, 2016


      Time: 8:00 p.m. CST
      Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena
      Capacity: 15,000

       

      Broadcast Information


      Television: BTN


      Online: BTN2GO


      Announcers: Kevin Kugler and Stephen Bardo



      Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
      Expert Analysis: Matt Davison

       

    Minnesota Info
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    Head Coach: Richard Pitnio
    Location: Minneapolis, MN
    Conference: B1G 10
    Nickname: Golden Gophers
    Mascot: Goldy Gopher
    Last time out: Lost to Northwestern
    Typical Rotation Depth: 8-10 players
    Opening Line: Nebraska by 8
    Fun Fact : Minnesota and Rutgers are the only winless conference teams

     

    Player to watch: Jordan Murphy

     

    The 6'6" 230# freshman is one of the few inside threats for Minnesota team that doesn't like to play inside. As one of the few guys that rebounds on the entire team, you especially need to body him up on the offensive board. Like most freshmen post players, he's prone to fouling so the Huskers need to attack him in the paint.

     

    Miles Presser
    http://www.huskers.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?id=4901301

     

    Shavon Presser
    http://www.huskers.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?id=4901039
    The Skinny

     

    Since the start of December the Gophers have been in free fall, losing to both South Dakota schools at home and starting conference play 0-4. They've done it with subpar shooting, terrible rebounding, and poor defense. This isn't a fast paced, pressing Minnesota or Pitino team...it's just a mess.

     

    The Huskers have played well in spurts during conference play but really put it together against a hapless Rutgers team on the road. Don't be completely fooled as it's still the same up and down team with a lack of inside presence, but that weakness shouldn't hurt them much against a Gopher team that isn't real interested in working towards the rim. The Huskers should smell blood here and with the student section back in force have a chance to put away this Minnesota squad early.

     

    A couple of things probably keep this from being a blowout though. First, Minnesota is going to rebound after being taken apart at home by Northwestern and often times going on the road is just what the doctor ordered. Second, the one place where Minnesota excels is getting to the free throw line which has been a huge issue for Nebraska. If there are lots of whistles tonight, it's probably a bad sign for the home team.

     

    Look for the Huskers to weather any storms for the Gophers and hang on to win this one.

     

    Prediction: Nebraska 76 - Minnesota 67 with a 95% chance of Runzas

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    Minnesota Likely Starters                

    No. Name............. Position Yr. Ht. Wt. G/GS.. PPG.. RPG.. Other

    2 --Nate Mason................ G So. 6-1 185 16/16.. 13.0.. 2.6.. 4.1 apg

    11 -Carlos Morris............. G Sr. .6-5 185 16/16... 11.5.. 4.2.. 1.5 apg

    3 --Jordan Murphy............ F Fr. .6-6 230 16/5.... 10.4.. 8.1.. 1.0 bpg

    24 -Joey King................... F Sr. .6-9 240 16/16... 12.8.. 3.5.. 1.8 apg

    21 -Bakary Konaté........... C So.6-11 235 16/14.... 4.9.. 4.2.. 1.4 bpg

     

    Nebraska - Likely Starters

    No          Name                        Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Yr.          GP/GS   MPG      PPG       RPG       APG

     3             Andrew White III         G           6-7         216         Jr.           17/17     28.3        17.5        5.9       0.6

     5             Glynn Watson Jr.        G           6-0         165         Fr.           17/5      21.3        7.3         1.9        2.6

    12           Michael Jacobson        F           6-8         222         Fr.           17/8      14.3        4.1         3.4        0.4

    31           Shavon Shields         G/F         6-7         225         Sr.           17/17     30.4      15.0        5.3         3.0

    32           Benny Parker             G           5-9         175         Sr.           17/17     26.0        5.3         2.4        2.4

         Rotation

     0             Tai Webster              G           6-4         196         Jr.           17/12     26.5         9.5         3.6          1.7

    10           Jack McVeigh           G/F         6-8         210         Fr.           17/0       17.2        5.5         3.2          1.1

    11           Bakari Evelyn           G            6-2         178         Fr.           9/0           5.9        2.1         0.8          0.3

    23           Nick Fuller               G/F         6-7         204         So.          14/0         7.6         2.4         1.6          0.1

    24           Jake Hammond        F           6-10        235         So.          16/8       12.3        2.8         3.5          0.3

    30           Ed Morrow Jr.           F            6-7         225         Fr.           17/1       13.4        3.5         3.4          0.1

          Bench

     4             Johnny Trueblood   G            6-4         195         Fr.           6/0          3.3         0.7         0.2          0.7

    15           Malcolm Laws          G            6-1         190         So.          4/0          3.5         0.3         0.5          0.0

    20           Tanner Borchardt     F            6-8         274         Fr.           5/0          4.0         0.8         1.0          0.0

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